Scope and arrangement
The Frank Westbrook papers document Westbrook's life and career as a performing artist in New York City from the late 1930s to the early 1990s. The collection includes a scrapbook (with clippings, photographs, and programs from throughout his career), a memoir of his time with the Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre and subsequently as a dancer on Broadway, ballet scenarios, ballet music scores, and photographs demonstrating poses of the Pilates body conditioning system. The correspondence includes financial letters from Westbrook to his lawyer, bank, and landlord; letters to and from the United States Copyright Office regarding Westbrook's copyright questions; various correspondence to dancers and producers in preparation for dance and theatrical productions (including The Play's The Thing); and communication with the James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service regarding Westbrook's application for financial assistance in his old age. Also present are miscellaneous personal items, including essays and recipes for such dishes as fried chicken with maple syrup and calf brains with spaghetti.
This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.